In COP26 earlier this year, the world leaders came together and agreed on the way forward for a more sustainable future, together with initiatives that governments and countries around the world is committing to follow. Even though the initiatives are far-reaching and out of any individual’s direct scope, we must all take part and pull our own weight in order to collectively reach the ambitious targets that have been set for years to come.
Constructing a new house, or renovating an existing one is the prime opportunity for one to think sustainably from a blank canvas. If every single construction or renovation had this in the forefront criteria of considerations, the world would be a much greener in the years ahead. Broadly speaking, there are three areas of focus to keep in mind for your next project:
- Construction – The materials and methods that any construction or renovation is carried out is an important factor for consideration. This may include (but are not limited to) the use of eco-paints, draft-proofing windows / doors and taking advantage of a cool roof.
- Conservation – What can be done to conserve consumption of energy and other resources in order to keep efficiency and sustainability at an optimal level? Common ideas and practices include smart utilisation of natural light by maximising the use of transparent material such as glass in prominent areas, mirrors to further magnify the desired effects and double glazing for better temperature retention.
- Generation – Can natural resources be captured and re-used? Common considerations here include solar power, rain water for garden or sewage use and energy generation from wind.
Speak to us about how you can utilise glass and mirrors in your next build or renovation project to maximise sustainability and deliver value.